Dr Sasha Kosanic

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Dr Sasha Kosanic is a physical geographer who uses an interdisciplinary approach (mixed method approaches) to answer complex questions on climate change impacts (local and regional scales) on nature and societies. She finished her PhD at the University of Exeter, where her research focused on investigating local climate change and its impacts on biodiversity in West Cornwall. She also used biodiversity historical records (i.e. Herbarium data) to analyse changes in plant species distribution across West Cornwall and to provide answers on how we can use Ellenberg values to detect species sensitivity to climate and environmental change.

Previously, Sasha worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz. While in Konstanz, she worked on several projects:
1) Investigating on “Climate change and climate velocity impacts on IUCN Red List plant species across Germany”.
2) Investigating on “Landscape Change in the Lower Engadine and Implications for Cultural Ecosystem Services”.
3) Looking at "Cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in Madagascar under climate change".

Her recent focus is on climate change impacts on ecosystem services (ES) and Nature contributions to people (NCP), and in particular, she is interested in how these changes impact vulnerable communities (e.g. disabled, indigenous populations, children and elderly). She also works on understanding the relationships between multiple inequalities in order to incorporate this into policies and achieve Agenda 2030.
Sasha is also very passionate about inclusive education and promoting better inclusion of disabled students and researchers into STEM fields. Only such inclusion can erase current misconceptions and change demographics in Academia.

Languages

Slovenian
Croatian
German

Degrees

2015, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, PhD, Geography
2007, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, MSc, Physical Geography
1999, University of Zagreb, Croatia, BSc, Geography

Academic appointments

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biology, University of Konstanz, 2016 - 2020

Highlighted publications

Kosanic A, Petzold J. 2020. A systematic review of cultural ecosystem services and human wellbeing Ecosystem Services, 45 DOI Author Url

Kosanic A, Petzold J, Dunham A, Razanajatovo M. 2019. Climate concerns and the disabled community Science, 366 :698-699 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Kavcic I, van Kleunen M, Harrison S. 2019. Climate change and climate change velocity analysis across Germany Scientific Reports, 9 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Anderson K, Harrison S, Turkington T, Bennie J. 2018. Changes in the geographical distribution of plant species and climatic variables on the West Cornwall peninsula (South West UK) PLoS One, 13 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Kosanic A, Petzold J, Martín-López B, Razanajatovo M. 2022. An inclusive future: Disabled populations in the context of climate and environmental change Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 55 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Staffa RK, Riechers M, Martín-López B, Kosanic A. 2021. A feminist ethos for caring knowledge production in transdisciplinary sustainability science Sustainability Science, 17 :45-63 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Petzold J. 2020. A systematic review of cultural ecosystem services and human wellbeing Ecosystem Services, 45 DOI Author Url

Tuosto K, Johnston JT, Connolly C, Lo C, Sanganyado E, Winter KA, Roembke T, Richter WE, Isaacson KJ, Raitor M, Kosanic A, Bessone L, Heim AB, Srivastava P, Hughes PW, Aamodt CM. 2020. Making science accessible Science, 367 :34-35 DOI

Kosanic A, Petzold J, Dunham A, Razanajatovo M. 2019. Climate concerns and the disabled community Science, 366 :698-699 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Brown P, Ross K, RELISH Consortium , Zhou Y. 2019. Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search Database: the journal of biological databases and curation, :1-66 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Kavcic I, van Kleunen M, Harrison S. 2019. Climate change and climate change velocity analysis across Germany Scientific Reports, 9 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Hansen N, Zimmermann-Janschitz S, Chouinard V. 2018. Researchers with disabilities in the academic system American Association of Geographers Newsletter, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Anderson K, Harrison S, Turkington T, Bennie J. 2018. Changes in the geographical distribution of plant species and climatic variables on the West Cornwall peninsula (South West UK) PLoS One, 13 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kosanic A, Anderson K, Frere HC, Harrison S. 2015. Regional vegetation change and implications for local conservation: An example from West Cornwall (United Kingdom) Global Ecology and Conservation, DOI

Kosanic A, Harrison S, Anderson K, Kavcic I. Present and historical climate variability in South West England Climatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change, DOI

Report

Kosanic A, Tidball M, Mallick K, Beresford P, Bell S, Abdullahi J, Hatton J, Inckle K, Wilcox P. 2022. Up to the Challenge: Does the National Disability Strategy do enough to address the twin crises of Climate Change and life post-COVID-19 pandemic? Up to the Challenge: Does the National Disability Strategy do enough to address the twin crises of Climate Change and life post-COVID-19 pandemic? :1-60

Chapters

Larrington-Spencer H, Fenney D, Middlemiss L, Kosanic A. 2021. Disabled environmentalisms Karen B. Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism Routledge 9781000390353 DOI

Highlighted activities

Media Coverage:

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/how-climate-change-disproportionately-impacts-those-disabilities, How climate change disproportionately impacts those with disabilities. 2020

https://idw-online.de/en/news727847, Climate change is a disability rights issue. 2019

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahkim/2019/11/13/climate-change-and-people-with-disabilities/#cc757c01d83f, Is It Too Late That The Impact Of Climate Change On People With Disabilities Is Getting Discussed Only Now?. 2019

Professional activities

Media Coverage:

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/governments-disability-strategy-fails-on-climate-change-and-covid/, Government’s disability strategy ‘fails on climate change and Covid’. 2022

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/how-climate-change-disproportionately-impacts-those-disabilities, How climate change disproportionately impacts those with disabilities. 2020

https://idw-online.de/en/news727847, Climate change is a disability rights issue. 2019

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahkim/2019/11/13/climate-change-and-people-with-disabilities/#cc757c01d83f, Is It Too Late That The Impact Of Climate Change On People With Disabilities Is Getting Discussed Only Now?. 2019

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pay-more-attention-to-climate-perils-people-with-disabilities-face-experts-warn/, Pay More Attention to Climate Perils People with Disabilities Face, Experts Warn. 2019

Public engagement:

Stanford University Mass Spectrometry Laboratory - FeMS panel, Building Inclusive Communities, Demonstration, Scientists, Panelist. 2021

Award:

Grant to promote inclusion in Academia (amount of award: € 3000), Equal Opportunity Office, University of Konstanz. 2020

Travel Grant awarded to attend World Biodiversity Forum-Davos (amount of award: € 1500), Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. 2020

Young Scholar Travel Grant to attend “Embedding Diversity & Fostering Inclusion in the School of GeoSciences”, 2019, University of Edinburgh, (amount of award: € 1000), Young Scholar Fund (YSF). 2019

Mentorship Grant awarded to work with Dr Jen Dyer – an expert in Participatory methods and Mixed Ability Model (University of Leeds), (amount of award: € 4500), Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. 2019

Grant awarded for a research visit of Professor Vicky Temperton (Leuphana University), (amount of award: € 1000), Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. 2017

Lord Snowdon Award for physically disabled students in their education (amount of award: £2 000), Snowdon Trust, https://www.snowdontrust.org/. 2011

Research Grants Awarded:

Zukunftskolleg - Institute for Advanced Study, Cultural ecosystem services and human wellbeing in Madagascar under climate change, Dr Mialy Razanajatovo (University of Konstanz and Dr Jan Petzold (University of Hamburg), Grant value (£): € 8000, Duration of research project: On going. 2019

Zukunftskolleg - Institute for Advanced Study, Landscape Change in the Lower Engadine and Implications for Cultural Ecosystem Services, Dr Karsten Lambers (University of Leiden), Grant value (£): € 10 000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2016

Other invited event:

Researchers with Disabilities, and the Obstacles They Face in Academia, AAG - New Orleans, United States, Invited Panel Session Organiser - American Association of Geographers. 2018

Fellowships:

Fellowship awarded by Zukunftskolleg and Equality and Diversity Office, University of Konstanz, Germany. 2016

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